The Spice Boys, Ian Rush’s moustache, and the eccentric German manager Jürgen Klopp: three things synonymous with Liverpool’s lengthy stint in the Premier League. But there’s more to life in England’s top tier than the Anfield Rap, with the Reds always being there or thereabouts at the right end of the table.
Beginning from the years after Kenny “King Kenny” Dalglish hung up his boots, all the way to SAS and beyond, Liverpool FC’s lengthy league history has more than a few talking points, with many famous scousers donning that equally famous red shirt over the years.
History in the Premier League
Let’s cut to the chase: Liverpool have never won the Premier League, despite having a rich history when it comes to taking home the trophy at the end of the season: 18 league triumphs in total, with the last coming in 1990.
Always in with a shout of claiming one of the Champions League spots as their own come the curtain call, the Reds have never finished outside the top 10 since the Premier League’s inception. However, finishing 8th in 1995 constitutes a season to forget by their standards.
A member of the so-called ‘big four’ in the early noughties, Liverpool have finished as runners-up on three occasions, with the latest coming in 2014 (and the less said about Steven Gerrard’s slip, the better).
The manager: Klopp of the Kop
With Brendan Rodgers’ tenure as manager coming to a close in 2015, the so-called ‘normal one’, Jürgen Klopp, made his mark on the club in just a few months.
Anything but normal in reality, the eccentric German boss isn’t afraid to impose his signature ‘high-press’ playing style upon the team, and he’s rarely found sitting subdued in his seat – he’s even been caught breaking his glasses in a celebration scrum with the team after a last-minute winner against Norwich.
Before descending on Anfield, Klopp spent the majority of his playing career with Mainz 05 in an 11-year stint, taking over as the gaffer for the next seven years. Borussia Dortmund is where he became a household name amongst footballing families, beating the unbeatable Bayern Munich to the league title in consecutive years between 2010 and 2012.
From Robbie Fowler to Michael Owen, the Reds have had their fair share of top-notch strikers over the years, and their boots are tough to fill.
There have been some characters at the defensive end of the pitch, too, with adopted scouser Daniel Agger even going so far as having YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone) tattooed across his knuckles.
Since the departure of Luis Suárez to Barcelona, Daniel Sturridge has had to go solo and lead the line on his own – that is, when he’s fit and on the field. The England international is constantly hampered by injuries, but when he’s playing, he’s a must-have for fantasy football team managers up and down the country.
Liverpool are no strangers to a world-class midfielder or two, with the likes of Stevie G and John Barnes springing to the average fan’s mind. And this little Brazilian is just a few seasons shy of joining that illustrious club, constantly wowing the Kop with mazy runs and screamers from outside the box.
One of the staple members of England’s coveted top division, Liverpool F.C. remain an ambitious club, with an even more ambitious set of fans behind them. With a trophy cabinet that’s filled to the brim, the elusive Premier League title still evades the club, with the Reds’ name sure to be etched upon it sooner or later.